Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Passage of the Red Sea

Location of the Red SeaThe Passage of the Red Sea is an incident in the Exodus, the account of the march of Moses and the Israelites on their escape out of Egypt. It describes the crossing of yam suph, commonly translated as the Red Sea.

Biblical Narrative
The narrative is found in the Book of Exodus, chapters 13:17-15:12.

Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, has agreed to allow the Israelite slaves to leave Egypt peacefully. God instructs Moses to lead them out, not "by way of the land of the Philistines", but by the Red Sea wilderness. Guided by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, they travel from Succoth to Etham, "on the edge of the wilderness," where they make their encampment.


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